How to say I think so/I guess so /I hope so

In answer to questions, the English expressions I think soI guess so and I hope are not translated literally into Spanish, which can create a bit of confusion. 

How to say I think so / I don't think so

We use the verbs "creer" or "pensar" in this context, followed by "que".

For example, to answer to the question:

¿Viene Patricia a la fiesta?

Is Patricia coming to the party?

The answers could be:

Creo que sí.I think so.

Creo que no.I don't think so.

Pienso que sí.I think so.

Pienso que no.I don't think so.

Note that "pensar" is slightly more formal than "creer".

 

How to say I guess so / I guess not

To answer the same question above with some doubt, we use the verb "suponer" (to guess), followed by "que". The answers could be:

Supongo que sí.I guess so.

Supongo que no.I guess not.

How to say I hope so / I hope not

Tto express hope we use the verb "esperar" (to hope), followed by "que", for example:

Espero que sí.I hope so.

Espero que no.I hope not.

Be careful not to omit "que" in any of the possible answers. This would be incorrect:

Espero . / Supongo no./ Creo .

It is equally incorrect if we omit  or no:

Creo que. /Supongo que. / Espero que.

 

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Pienso que sí.I think so.
Espero que sí.I hope so.
Creo que no.I don't think so.
Supongo que sí.I guess so.
Creo que sí.I think so.
Supongo que no.I guess not.
Pienso que no.I don't think so.
Espero que no.I hope not.
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